Who does academic advising?

  • Academic counselors and Peer Academic Advisors are both excellent resources for academic advising
  • Peer Academic Advisors are highly trained 3rd and 4th year students that can help you with choosing a major, class scheduling, completing your degree requirements, and more. They are also current Social Ecology students so they know what it’s like to be a student.
  • Academic counselors can help you with declaring a major, class scheduling, developing a four year plan, graduate school exploration, clarifying policies and procedures, and more.

How can I benefit from academic advising?

  • Get assistance in making academic and career choices
  • Learn about various majors and minors
  • Get assistance in goal setting and exploration
  • Make sure you are on track to graduate
  • Receive help with developing strategies to improve academic performance
  • Get questions answered about policies and procedures
  • Obtain referrals and advice about campus resources

How often should I see an academic advisor?

  • You should see an academic advisor whenever you have a question about your academic goals and choices at UCI. There may be times when are you feeling confused or overwhelmed or generally unclear about what you are supposed to be doing. We are happy to help!

What can I expect?

  • You can expect your advisor to:
    • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, the degree requirements, and university and school policies and procedures
    • Encourage and guide you in defining and developing realistic goals
    • Provide information and strategies for using available resources and services on campus
    • Assist you in understanding the purpose of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals
    • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals and progress toward degree completion
    • Help you with decision‐making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements
    • Maintain confidentiality

What am I expected to do?

  • You have clear responsibilities in the advising partnership:
    • Schedule appointments when you need help
    • Come prepared to each appointment with questions
    • Ask questions if you do not understand or need clarification
    • Keep all records and documents and organize them so they are accessible
    • Clarify personal values and goals and provide your advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
    • Be proactive about understanding where you stand in degree requirements
    • Accept responsibility for all aspects of your academic career
  • Come prepared:
    •  Bring a list of questions or concerns
    • Share your goals and educational priorities and your limitations and pressures
    • Follow up on recommendations
    • Be ON TIME!
    • Notify the office at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel. We want to help as many students as possible.